Join the global search for change agents who are advancing the SDGs in their business from the bottom up.

Apply or nominate by October 23, 2020!

As part of the 2020 UN Global Compact SDG Pioneers program, the Global Compact Network USA (GCNUSA) is searching for professionals who are committed to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Through their own company or by mobilizing other businesses, SDG Pioneers help advance one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals while also contributing to business success.

The GCNUSA will award the 2020 Global Compact Network USA SDG Pioneer at the local level. The selected individual will then have the opportunity to participate in the final search of global SDG Pioneers to be recognized during the 2020 UN General Assembly in September in New York.

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Additional Commitments

Beyond the commitment to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, participating companies are encouraged to consider a range of additional complementary commitments in support of achieving the world we want. In addition to our standing complementary corporate commitments, the UN Global Compact puts forth additional time-bound CEO-level calls for corporate commitments in response to emerging needs and covering a variety of topics.

Ongoing complementary commitments:

  • CEO Water Mandate: A UN Global Compact initiative that mobilizes business leaders on water, sanitation, and the Sustainable Development Goals. endorsers of the CEO Water Mandate commit to continuous progress against six core elements of stewardship and in so doing understand and manage their own water risks.
  • Business Ambition for 1.5°C: A commitment to bold and ambitious action for businesses to align with science-based climate targets aligned with limited global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
  • Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs): A CEO-level commitment to a set of principles offering guidance to business on how to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in the workplace, marketplace, and community. Established by the UN Global Compact and UN Women, the WEPs are informed by international labour and human rights standards an grounded in the recognition that businesses have a stake in, and a responsibility for, gender equality and women's empowerment.